Cute + Easy DIY Mosquito Repellers
These all-natural bug repellant jars are just as pretty as they are functional, not to mention a cinch to pull together, so give them a try the next time you are eating outdoors with your family or hosting a BBQ in the backyard!
What you'll need:
- mason jars - 8 oz or 16 oz are my fave
- floating tea light candles
- sprigs of fresh rosemary
- choice of citrus
- choice of essential oils
When I say "choice of citrus/choice of essential oils", I went with a combination of sliced lemon and lime with drops of lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint and rose geranium essential oils, but you can get pretty creative in this department. I think sliced oranges and pink grapefruit would make a stellar combination with some orange blossom, lemongrass, lavender and geranium oils. If you're hosting a party, the sliced fruit becomes a bold pop of color that can complement your decor and the jars double beautifully as aromatic centrepieces.
To assemble, start by slicing your citrus and placing a few slices together in the bottom of your jars. Next, add 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary per jar and fill with water. Then, go to town with your essential oils and add approx. 30 drops of each. Give the water/oils a bit of a stir, then place a few more citrus slices on top. The waterline in the jar should sit just above these last slices, as this is where your tea light candle will float.
Place jars in desired locations and light the candles about 15 mins before enjoying your outdoor activity.
NEED MORE GLOW? For events that will extend well beyond sundown, stock up on submergible LED tea lights and add them to the jars with the first slices of fruit (packs of 24 available at Amazon but they shouldn't be hard to source locally either).